Intro: How to Throw a Football
So, you plan to throw a big superbowl party. Your guest come and decide they want to play a quick game of football to warm up for the real game. Alas, you know nothing about how to throw a football, and when the game is over, your team loses and you come out looking like an idiot. To avoid this horrid embarrassment, I'm going to teach you how to throw a football.
Step 1: Step 1: the Stance
When throwing a football, make sure to always be on your toes. Literally. Lifting your heels of the ground will provide a great sense of mobility to aid you. It will help you to quicker react to things like blitzes. You can also move around a lot faster. Look at the pictures to get a good sense of how to do this. By the way, I'm wearing shorts, not nothing.
Step 2: Step 2: the Grip
The grip is a very important aspect of throwing the ball. If you hold it wrong, the ball will go flying off like a UFO and be almost impossible to catch. To grip the ball, just place your hand on the laces with your index, ring, and fourth finger slightly over the laces with your pinky resting on top over on the other side of the laces. Your thumb should be curved down around the ball as shown in the picture. Put your hand further back though, to get more power out of it.
Step 3: Step 3: the Drawback
The second step is the drawback of the arm. A lot of pro quarterbacks do this differently, but the general idea is that you draw your arm back shorter for short passes and further back for longer passes. If a receiver is running a quick in/out round or throwing to a running back, you only need to pull your arm back about where your head is. If you are throwing to a receiver running a deep post or a streak, draw your arm back all the way to get the most power out of it.
Step 4: Step 4: the Throw
The final and most important step is the throw. Whatever you do, apply a lot of force to the ball. Throwing a lob with hardly any force basically gives the defense just as good a chance as your receiver to catch it. Throwing it with a lot of force gives your receiver a greater chance to catch the ball and will get the ball to him much quicker. When throwing a short pass, use the short draw described in the last step, then apply tons of force to throw it straightforward to your receiver and make a nice bullet pass. For a big bomb, use the big drawback, then use a lot of muscle to launch the ball down the field. Now you may be thinking, but then it just flounders around and is hard to catch, and you are right. That is why you need to grip the ball as shown it step 2, then as you are moving forward, release almost all your grip on the ball and as you are pushing your arm forward, move your arm across your body to your left(or right for left handers) while making sure that your fingertips are touching the ball. This will cause the ball to use the sideways motion and forward motion to launch the ball with a beautiful spiral. Now this does take a lot of practice to do and perfect, but this teaching should make it very easy to do.
Step 5: The End
You now know how to correctly throw a football. Have Fun!